Waynesville is a town in and the county seat of Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. It is the largest town in Haywood County and the largest in Western North Carolina west of Asheville. Waynesville is located about 30 miles (48 km) or 50 km southwest of Asheville between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains. Waynesville is located just outside the Pisgah National Forest and is close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Waynesville and Haywood County are part of the four-county Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area, currently the 5th largest metropolitan area in North Carolina. It is the third largest town in the MSA behind the cities of Asheville and Hendersonville. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.8 square miles (20 sq.km), all of it land. Most of the town of Waynesville lies between 2500 and 3000 feet (750~900m) above sea level, and is located in a valley among 6000-foot (1800m) mountain peaks. A USGS survey marker at the old Haywood County Courthouse in downtown Waynesville lists the elevation as 2,752 feet (839 m) above sea level.